All Australasia articles – Page 11

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    Optimism returns but skills gap a worry, survey finds


    INTERNATIONAL: Optimism is returning to the global rail industry following the economic downturn, according to the results of the fifth Way Ahead survey of the transport industry conducted by legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright. The survey, which was launched at an event in London on February 26, received 850 responses ...

  • Impression of the Bombardier NGR train for Queensland.

    Financial close for Queensland New Generation Rollingstock contract


    AUSTRALIA: Queensland's Department of Transport & Main Roads announced on January 29 that it had reached financial close on the A$4·4bn New Generation Rollingstock PPP contract, which will see the Bombardier NGR Consortium supply and maintain 75 six-car electric multiple-units to introduce additional services in southeast Queensland and replace older ...

  • Progress Rail Services/Downer EDI PR22L Class TR locomotive for TasRail.

    TasRail TR Class locomotives on test


    AUSTRALIA: The first two of 17 TR Class freight locomotives which Tasmanian state operator TasRail ordered from Progress Rail Services and Downer Rail in December 2011 have started acceptance and commissioning trials ahead of entry into revenue service. The next four locomotives are expected to arrive shortly. Intended for use ...

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    Trans-Tasman safety partnership launched


    AUSTRALASIA: A ceremony at the parliament building in Wellington last month marked the amalgamation of rail safety charities on both sides of the Tasman Sea. New Zealand’s Chris Cairns Foundation has merged with Australia’s TrackSafe to form TrackSafe NZ, aimed at promoting rail safety and education. Both organisations will share ...

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    Network Rail Consulting opens Australian office


    AUSTRALIA: Network Rail Consulting marked the opening of its third international office at an event in Sydney on November 27, organised jointly with UK Trade & Investment to coincide with the AusRail Plus conference and exhibition. Network Rail Chief Executive Sir David Higgins said that rail investment was essential ...

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    Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation launched


    AUSTRALIA: The Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation was formally inaugurated at a VIP reception held in Sydney on November 25 to coincide with the opening of the 10th World Congress on Railway Research. To be headquartered in Canberra, ACRI is an independent organisation supported by both the Australasian Railway Association ...

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    Double-deck rail and bus tunnel proposed for Brisbane


    AUSTRALIA: The Queensland state government has announced plans for a 5·4 km double-deck tunnel in Brisbane with a twin-track railway on the lower level and a two-lane busway on the upper level. ‘This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform Brisbane into a world city with a public transport system ...

  • Impression of Bombardier NGR train for Queensland.

    Bombardier consortium wins Queensland's New Generation Rollingstock PPP contract


    AUSTRALIA: Queensland's Department of Transport & Main Roads has selected the Bombardier NGR Consortium as preferred bidder to supply and maintain 75 six-car electric multiple-units under the New Generation Rollingstock public-private partnership. The EMUs will be used to cater for an increase in passenger services in southeast Queensland and to ...

  • Mechan has delivered a pair of 10 tonne bogie rotators to Downer Rail.

    Heavy-duty bogie rotators delivered down under


    AUSTRALIA: Heavy lifting equipment manufacturer Mechan has completed its first delivery to Australia, supplying a pair of 10 tonne bogie rotators to Downer Rail's rolling stock maintenance depot at Newport in Victoria. The rotators comprise two independent structures which hold a bogie frame in place while it is rotated through ...

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    Fremantle Port rail expansion contract awarded


    AUSTRALIA: York Civil was awarded a contract to extend the North Quay Rail Terminal at Fremantle Port near Perth on October 23. The A$31m project is funded by the central government, which is contributing A$18·6m, and the state of Western Australia, which is providing A$12·4m. The work will extend ...

  • CNR Dalian Class DL locomotive for KiwiRail.

    KiwiRail places third order for CNR Dalian locomotives


    NEW ZEALAND: KiwiRail awarded CNR Dalian a contract to supply a further eight Class DL diesel locomotives last month, taking its total order to 48. 'We have been very pleased with the performance of these locomotives to date and they are proving their worth on our North Island freight routes', ...

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    Roy Hill railway construction contract


    AUSTRALIA: Lead contractor Samsung C&T has awarded John Holland a A$257m subcontract covering rail infrastructure and track construction for a 342 km heavy haul railway being developed as part of the Roy Hill Iron Ore Project in Western Australia. The line will be built through remote terrain to link a ...

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    Mayor unveils first Auckland EMU


    NEW ZEALAND: The first of 57 three-car EMUs being built by CAF for the Auckland suburban network was unveiled by the city’s mayor Len Brown at the new Wiri depot on September 12. He was joined at the event by Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee, Auckland Transport Chairman Lester Levy and ...

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    Private-sector reopening proposed


    AUSTRALIA: The government of New South Wales has invited registrations of interest from private-sector groups to restore, operate and maintain the 200 km Cowra Lines between Blayney and Demondrille, on which services have been suspended since 2007. The project is seen as a pilot scheme that could pave the way ...

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    Queensland approves Galilee Basin coal railway


    AUSTRALIA: Following a review of environmental studies, on August 9 Queensland's Coordinator-General approved Waratah Coal's A$6·4bn project to develop a mine near Alpha and build a heavy haul railway to port facilities at Abbot Point. The state approved the proposal subject to 'strict development and operating conditions'. Federal approval is ...

  • Thiess Contractors has won the A$650m contract to build the Moreton Bay Rail Link.

    Moreton Bay Rail Link construction contract awarded


    AUSTRALIA: Queensland's Department of Transport & Main Roads awarded Thiess Contractors a A$650m contract to build the Moreton Bay Rail Link on August 1. The 12·6 km double-track electrified suburban line will connect the growing Moreton Bay region with the greater Brisbane rail network at Petrie. Six stations are to ...

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    MerMec inspection cars for New South Wales


    AUSTRALIA: Transport for NSW is taking delivery of two Roger 800 track inspection cars from MerMec of Italy. The 22·5 m long steel-bodied vehicles are each powered by a pair of underfloor-mounted 390 kW MTU diesel engines with hydrodynamic transmission, giving a maximum speed of 140 km/h. Axleload is 18 ...

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    Government backs Auckland City Rail Link project


    NEW ZEALAND: The government announced its backing for transport projects including the NZ$2·86bn Auckland City Rail Link on June 26. The 3·4 km route would run through twin tunnels up to 45 m below the surface to connect the current Britomart terminus with the Western Line at Mt Eden, ...

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    Wabtec wins Australian locomotive order


    AUSTRALIA: Wabtec Corp's MotivePower subsidiary announced an order to build a further six standard gauge MP33C locomotives for leasing company CFCLA Rail JV on June 5. Delivery is scheduled for 2014. The joint venture of CFCL Australia and Marubeni Corp previously ordered 10 locomotives in 2010. 'This additional order ...

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    Genset demonstrators delivered


    AUSTRALIA: National Railway Equipment Co has delivered the first two 3GS24C-DE-AU N-ViroMotive three-engine genset locomotives to Australia. The design is targeted at regional operators requiring low-cost and reliable locomotives. Designated Class 1200, the initial locomotives are standard gauge but could also be supplied for 1067 mm or broad gauge, and ...